Kevin Stapleford


Kevin Stapleford is the Senior Director of Programming at Slacker Radio. He accidentally got into radio way back in the last century, answering the request lines for a boring classic rock station that one day morphed into one of the most influential Alternative stations in the nation.

He worked his way up from the phone room to the Program Director’s office, and went on to program and consult stations in far flung places like Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Minneapolis.

Kevin now oversees the radio and content development at Slacker, where he gets to boss people around.

Favorite Interview: Joey Ramone

Favorite Band: The Beatles, of course

First Concert: ELO!

Best Concert: Roxy Music, The High Road Tour

First Album Ever Purchased: Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

3 Things I Can't Live Without: My Family, my dogs and cognac

Album OTW: Ray Lamontagne’s Supernova

IOS RAYSinger-songwriter Ray Lamontagne looks back to classic folk artists like Stephen Stills, Nick Drake and Van Morrison for inspiration. His 2004 debut album “Trouble” has been certified gold in the US, and his most recent release, “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise” won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album last year. His fifth album is out now, it’s called “Supernova” and was produced in Nashville with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Listen as much as you want to “Supernova” from Ray Lamontagne, Slacker’s Album of the Week!

Album OTW: Neon Trees – Pop Psychology

IOS NEONNeon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, and many of the songs on the band’s brand new album “Pop Psychology” deal with Glenn’s years in the closet and struggle to find self-acceptance. One thing that hasn’t changed is the band’s love for brash, new wave-inspired power pop. “Pop Psychology” is our Album of the Week!


Album OTW: La Gárgola from Chevelle

IOS CHEVELLEChicago rock band Chevelle started off as brothers Pete, Sam and Joe Loeffler, until Joe left the band and was replaced by–who else?–their brother-in-law Dean Bernardini. They’ve sold over four million albums in the past 20 years, and they’ve just released album number seven. It’s called “La Gárgola,” Spanish for “gargoyle,” and the album was produced by Joe Barresi who’s worked on albums by everyone from Kyuss to The Melvins. Listen here as much as you want to “La Gárgola” from Chevelle, it’s our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Pulses from Karmin

IOS KARMINBoston duo Karmin have truly had a 21st-century path to fame. After gaining a cult following with their quirky YouTube videos, as well as on web sites like Reddit, they landed an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Their first major single “Brokenhearted” was a Top 20 smash back in 2012, and since then anticipation has been building for their debut full length album. Well it’s finally here, it’s called “Pulses,” and you can listen to it as much as you want. Karmin’s “Pulses” is our Album of the Week.

Album OTW: Foster The People, Supermodel

IOS FOSTERLos Angelenos Foster the People burst onto the scene with “Pumped Up Kicks” back in 2010, a dark and quirky song that eventually rose to number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s sophomore album is out now and it’s called “Supermodel.” Band leader Mark Foster says this time they were inspired by grittier, more rock-oriented artists like The Clash. Listen as much as you want to “Supermodel” from Foster the People, it’s our Album of the Week!

Album Of The Week: Lift Your Spirit from Aloe Blacc

IOS ALOEYou may not know 35-year-old singer Aloe Blacc’s name but you’ve probably heard his voice. He provided the vocals for Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” which has become a huge international hit. As a solo artist, he’s just released his third studio album, it’s called “Lift Your Spirit” and it features production help from none other than Pharrell Williams. Listen here as much as you want to “Lift Your Spirit” from Aloe Blacc, our Album of the Week!

Album Of The Week: G I R L – Pharrell Williams

IOS PHARRELLPharrell Williams is a pop culture Renaissance man. His production with The Neptunes, his work as one half of N.E.R.D., providing vocals for two of 2013’s biggest hits from Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, and now, his second solo album, “G I R L.” It’s his first album in eight years, and it features the smash hit “Happy.” Listen as much as you want here!

Album Of The Week: Oxymoron from Schoolboy Q

IOS SCHOOLos Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q got his start making mixtapes and as part of a group called Black Hippy, along with acclaimed hip hop star Kendrick Lamar. Well it’s finally time for Schoolboy to graduate to the big leagues. His debut album “Oxymoron” has just come out, and it’s got an all-star lineup of guest vocalists from A$AP Rocky to Danny Brown. Listen here as much as you want.

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